I don't think he's cured... I should be getting meds I can feed to him soon. This will be much easier than the Parasite Clear (and much less harsh on him!)
I think there's a large combination if factors causing his color loss. One, the rusty decoration, two, the internal parasites and three, the medication I've been using. His energy came back (not 100%) after I did a water change to remove the meds since they didn't seem to be working. He doesn't have stress stripes... Actually, he's so pale that he's slightly transparent and appears to have virtical stripes. I can't get a good picture - its much easier to see when the light is behind him shining through him.
He was sleeping a lot, though, and I haven't seen him sleep today. He was actually up waiting for me before his tank lights turned on today! He comes to the front of the tank and kind of hovers in one spot watching me and occasionally wiggles around. After he pooped this morning, he was even better yet, but still pale. I can tell by the look he gave me at dinner time that he's feeling a little bit better.
Bahari is also having that floating issue but his comes with extreme bloat, usually at night, and disappears by morning and is back again at night. I'm confused because I haven't seen his poop for a long time and he got bloated again even though I didn't feed him today. I have a feeling he also has internal parasites but its difficult to tell when I never see his poo.
So, needless to say, I only got some pictures of my girls since my boys aren't in the best of shape... I feel like they haven't gotten enough attention since my boys are sick - besides Okami's slight fin rot that healed up quickly and easily.